Interns ease workload at City Hall

In an effort to help relieve some of the heavy workload in the city administrative offices, Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz started accepting interns in January to help him with day-to-day operations.

Two students have participated in the internship Jordan House, who worked during the spring semester, and Steve Kisan, who currently is working with Montz.

“So far they’ve both been Heidelberg students,” Montz said. “We are definitely open to consider students (from out of town). I think we’d definitely give top priority to the Tiffin colleges first, since they both have political science departments and criminal justice departments, which make the most sense for it. But we’d be willing to consider anyone for an internship.”

Montz said students applying for the internship would have to be studying a subject that relates to city government, such as finance, criminal justice, political science or engineering.

He said both interns were recommended by John Bing, a political science professor at Heidelberg University.

Montz said he and Bing discussed an internship program when he was running for mayor.

He said there are no specific requirements for the intern, as long as the students meet their university’s requirements.

The interns have helped Montz by attending meetings when he has scheduling conflicts, doing research, typing reports and other tasks.

“They do literally everything,” he said. “What’s been the biggest help so far is all the research they’ve been able to do. I do not have time to sit down and spend days upon days calling communities and organizations to find out information to compare city budgets and all sorts of information. It’s just been so great to have them do all that work, so I can focus on the day-to-day operations of the city.”

Montz said interns help pick up the slack for an administration that has gone from five employees to three. He said the program has helped save money because the city is getting unpaid help from interns.

“It’s been a real breath of fresh air for us to let (City Administrator) Deb (Reamer) and I get more of our work done,” he said.

Kisan, an economics major at Heidelberg who is president of the Seneca County Young Republicans Club, said he met Montz at a Young Republicans meeting.

He said he was most surprised at the amount of work the city government does.

Kisan said he is unsure if he wants to pursue a career in politics.

“I’m not closing any of my doors, but not as of right now,” Kisan said. “There’s always a possibility.”